Father Time has been undefeated throughout his entire career.
Athletes in all types of professional sports have stepped up to the challenge, only to be knocked down by his powers.
The same may now be said for Steelers’ linebacker, James Harrison. Up until this point, Harrison has defied many odds to continue is playing career at the age of 39. But through two whole games into this season, Harrison has yet to log any type of stat.
A Young Man’s Game?
Instead, the youth has taken over. First-round rookie, T.J. Watt, along with Bud Dupree have been anchoring the outside linebacker spots so far this year. And in the limited play time he has been given, linebacker Anthony Chickillo has turned many a head.
The years of his hard-hitting, fierce style of play may have caught up to Harrison. Or, Head Coach Mike Tomlin may be preserving the 14-year veteran in the case of an emergency injury of some sort.
It’s no secret that Harrison prides himself on his conditioning, as he has become somewhat of an Instagram star for his insane workout regimen. The inhuman feats of strength have undoubtedly helped Harrison remain effective this late into his career.
The Super Bowl Defense
In 188 games, Harrison has amassed 81.5 sacks, 567 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 9 fumble recoveries. The 2008 Defensive Player of the Year is certainly in the discussion for the Pro Football Hall of Fame at some point.
As many remember (or may want to forget), Harrison was a key cog for the Steelers’ defense in the early-to-mid 2000’s. This defense included the likes of Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel, Troy Polamalu, James Farrior, and the list could go on and on.
From 2007 to 2011, Harrison logged at least 8 sacks with at least 45 tackles per season.
Add in the two Super Bowl wins from 2006 and 2009 to put a bow on what this defense meant to the team for so long.
As of this writing, the Steelers have not completed their Week 3 matchup with the Bears, but from what’s left to go on from the first two weeks of the season, don’t expect to see a lot of No. 92 on the field.
The season is still young and there are so many different variables at play, which means Harrison could swing himself back into the LB rotation at any moment.
With each passing year feeling like his last, there may not be much more time to observe one of the last remaining pieces of a defense from yesteryear.